I am trying to decide between the Barnes & Nobel Nook or the Sony…..
and as for the Nook, does it make a huge difference whether you get color or the black and white? Are these more for adult readers or would these be ideal for teenagers as well 13-18 years? Do you save any money buying books this way as opposed to the hard copies? Have you had any major issues w/either nook or…
Hi, agn, color or black & white affects the battery life and how nice web sites, photos, graphs and charts look like. Folks that get an eReader generally read 3-4 times more books than before they got one thus that speaks for the devices (worth the money and useful) as prices are generally much lower than for physical books. There’s advantages of eReaders – for example, you can put MP3’s on them and listen while you read and they can hold thousands of books in digital format.When choosing an eReader, you need to consider not only the physical properties of the device, but also compare eBook stores behind it. Sony has never been a contender for any comparison by anyone as they only have like 50 books in their Ebook store and their devices are way overpriced for what they offer. Borders is behind Kobo/Cruz devices in US and as you might of heard, Borders is on a brink of bankruptcy. Kindle and Nook are the only devices to be considered as their eBook stores have over a million of free public ebooks as well as over a million of ebooks that you need to pay for available.Several features of Nook’s environment are similar to regular books (unlike Kindle’s) such as:- Nook allows to lend books for two weeks to friends or to your other devices that run B&N app (PC, MAC, Android phones, Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad, etc.)- When you walk in with the Nook to B&N store you’re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.- Nook can be used for library ebooks and for renting text-ebooksYou should understand the limitations of e-Ink eReaders – they are limited to be black & white for now, they “blink” at each ebook’s page turn, they’re not too good for web browsing, they need external light source for reading when dark, and they cannot handle videos.If all you read is black & white novels then the better one would be e-Ink Nook. If you read electronic magazines or college text books with a lot of color graphs and charts or children’s’ books with a lot of pictures or view photos and web sites then the better would be Nook Color from Barnes & Noble. Nook Color is a hybrid Android eReader/tablet and has USB port (unlike iPad). It has a new generation screen which is anti-glare coated and is better performing in sunlight and for reducing eye strain than iPad’s. The screen is one of the best and sharpest on the market and it’s viewable at wide angles.Nook Color has several apps that already come with the device (Pandora Internet radio, QuickOffice, etc.) Also, Barnes & Noble recently released Nook SDK and Nook Developer platform that will allow most of the existing 100,000 Android apps be ported to it. Also, you can use the Social Settings screen to link your NOOK Color to your Facebook account and your Twitter account. You can also import all your contacts from your Google Gmail account. Once you have linked to Facebook and Twitter and set up email contacts, you can lend and borrow books, recommend books, and share favorite quotes with your friends.
Amazon Kindle and other eReaders….
I want a Kindle or an eReader for Christmas. I’ve been looking at the Amazon Kindle, the Borders Kobo, the Barnes and Noble Nook, and one from Sony.1. Can someone tell me the pros and cons of these eReaders and which one is the best?2. Is it the same as having a physical copy of the book?3. Can you…
E-books are great for travel. They a light weight,compact, and easy to carry. You can take several books with you to the beach with no fuss at all.And unlike laptop or cell phone screens, the display screen on an ereader reduces glare and can be easily read in strong sunlight. However, whenthe plane takes off and lands, flight attendants will ask you to turn it off.If you drop your book in the bath tub, down a flight of stairs, or into a vat of boiling molasses,you lose one book. If you do the same with an ereader don’t worry – your library is backed up digitally. You can’t use a stack of ebooks to hold up a cornonal book will not crap out just as the hero is dangling off the cliff and you have to send it off somewhere for repair or buy a new battery online before you find out what happens.You can’t use a pile of ereaders to smooth down papers. Well, you could but that would entailpurchasing quite a lot of them.If you become lost in the wilderness. How much are you willing to spend? At the bottom of the price scale, you’ll find lesser-known readers such as the Aluratek Libre , Kobo eReader, and the Sharper Image Literati that now cost as little as $99 to $129. However, westrongly steer bargain hunters toward the latestversions of the Amazon Kindle (CNET Editors’ Choice) or the Barnes & Noble Nook. They’re priced at $139 and $149, respectively. As you approach the $200 price point, you canstep up to an e-book reader with built-in cellulardata that lets you download books, magazines,and newspapers anywhere there’s AT&Tcoverage. You’ll pay a $50 premium on top of theWi-Fi-only models mentioned above to get their otherwise identical 3G equivalents: the $189 Kindle (CNET Editors’ Choice) or the $199 Nook. (There’s no charge for the wireless service itself–see question No. 4 below for more details.) If you want to pay a premium for touch-screensupport (and ultimate portability), check out thenew Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 ($179). Unfortunately, it lacks any sort of wirelessoption, so you’re required to download books toyour PC first, then transfer them via a USB cable.(For touch-screen support plus built-in Wi-Fi and3G, you’ll need to spend $299 on the Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950 , which also features a larger 7-inch screen.) Sitting in the middle price range of the e-readercategory is the $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Color (CNET Editors’ Choice). This Android-poweredcolor LCD touch-screen reader straddles the gulfbetween the entry-level e-ink readers mentionedabove, and the more expensive–and versatile–tablets discussed below. Amazon’s large-screen Kindle DX and the Apple iPad dominate the high-end e-book readermarket. The Kindle DX costs $379, whereas theiPad ranges in price from $499 (16GB, Wi-Fi only) to $829 (64GB, Wi-Fi plus 3G). Yes, both of these devices are considerably more expensive thanthe aforementioned readers, but the iPad is moreof a Netbook or laptop competitor than it isstrictly an e-book reader competitor. The iPadoffers a variety of step-up features–via tens ofthousands of downloadable apps–that currently aren’t available on more-affordable mainstreame-readers. That said, the Nook Color also deliverssome of the same Web browsing and multimediafeatures as the iPad, and it may become a moreformidable competitor as more Nook-compatibleapps are introduced in 2011. We know there are a variety of competing e-book readers available that we didn’t mention,including the Entourage Edge and the Alex eReader. That’s because we don’t consider any of them truly competitive with the Nook, Kindle,Sony Readers, or iPad at their current prices.However, the arrival of new tablet models couldchange that in the very near future. Best e-book readers (under $150): Amazon Kindle (Wi-Fi) , Barnes & Noble Nook (Wi-Fi) Best e-book readers ($150-$200): Amazon Kindle (3G/Wi-Fi) , Barnes & Noble Nook (3G/Wi- Fi) Best color e-book reader (under $250): Barnes & Noble Nook Color Best e-book readers ($350 and above): Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle DX. How large of a screen (and weight)do you want? Even if you plan to never leave home with youre-book reader, you should consider its sizebefore buying one. Since you hold the device infront of you whenever you want to read, theweight and size can be an issue. The smallest and lightest dedicated e-book readerwe’ve seen to date is the aforementioned SonyReader Pocket Edition PRS-350, which has a 5-inch touch screen and weighs just 5.5 ounces(without a case). With its 6-inch screen, the latestKindle is a svelte 8.7 ounces (without case)–15 percent lighter than its predecessor. The E-inkNooks–also with a 6-inch screen–round out the”light” group at 11.6 to 12.1 ounces. The Nook Color boasts a larger 7-inch screen, butit weighs almost a full pound (15.8 ounces). TheSony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950 also has a 7-inch screen (e-ink), but tips the sc
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Tablet advice – what to buy.
Ok, so I’m going to be starting college soon, and I have a few quiestions1. Tablets – do they come with free internet access? (wifi / 3G or whatever)2- what I need it for: as I said I’m gonna be out of the house a lot, I’m looking for something portable that isnt a laptop, where i can use…
Hello, and welcome to the wonderful world of tablets!If you want internet access with 3G, you will be able to get internet access anywhere you can get cell phone reception from the network (T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.). With this option however, you will need to pay a monthly fee which differs between providers. Wi-Fi is free, but it can only get you internet access in a Wi-Fi network. For example, your home has Wi-Fi probably, if so it’s what you used to get on the internet and post this question most likely. A typical college camp as has Wi-Fi.With tablets, your main options are Android and iOS. Both are excellent platforms that are very able to do the tasks you listed. iOS only comes with iPads, which are more expensive then the alternatives generally but still excellent pieces of hardware. Android runs on many different tablets, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs and budget. If Android and iOS don’t float your boat, there are alternatives such as Windows 8.You need to decide what size you want. The two main sizes are 10 inch and 7 inch. This generally refers to its screen size alone. 7 inch are more portable and better for some tasks like reading due to their size, while bigger tablets are better for movies and such because of their size as well. They are able to do the same things though, just some are better at certain tasks.With iOS your choices consist of the iPad, so I need not go further in recommending a device their, but for Android I recommend the Kindle Fire HD or the Nexus 7. Both are amazing tablets that can perform any of the tasks you listed just fine, and are both under $300.If I were you I’d take some time and go into your local electronics store. Try out the tablets there, and decide based on that. Good luck!
What are some cool apps for the Andriod.
Convient, handy apps? Fun apps? Maybe apps that help improve the brain too =P?Any apps that can use connection trough a signal that the regular starter ones could only do it through wifi?
First and foremost, get the Amazon app store – get it by signing into Amazon.com (create an account if you don’t already have one) and it’ll give you directions on how to download (not in the Android Marketplace for obvious reasons). This has a free app every day and many of them are super useful and at times you can get $5-$10 apps for free!Other than that here are some suggestions:-Shazaam: listens to songs and tells you what they are-Ringdroid – lets you take mp3s and turn them into ringtones, awesome!-Facebook-Twidroyd – great for twitter users, supports multiple accounts-Netflix – only certain phones currently supported but streams your instant queue – can use 3G/4G or wi-fi, but I recommend wi-fi for battery consumption-Weather.com app-QuickOffice – lets you read MS Office docs on your phone-Kindle app for Android – allows you to read kindle digital books (many free books available)-Pandora – internet radio-GetGlue – social network based on media-Red Box – reserve movies/games from your phoneGames-Kongregate – a huge library of free games (flash based)-Fruit Ninja – slash the fruit, sounds easy right? addictive-The Impossible Game – tap the screen, make the box jump. Trust me the title is appropriate-Angry Birds – probably the most popular app-Peggle – plinko meets breakout-Plants vs. Zombies – charming tower defense game-Words with Friends – play scrabble with anyone using the app on a PC, iOS device or Android-Zenonia 1, 2, and 3 – great Zelda-like RPG-180 – kind of like bejeweled on crack and slightly more complicated – great gameAs far as chatting you can get the Skype app, GTalk (google talk), Yahoo instant messenger, AIM, twitter, Google+ and plenty more. Currently no app I know of to allow video messaging between Droids and iPhones
Several Questions about the Kindle Fire.
So I’m seriously looking at the Kindle Fire. I am already a Kindle 3 Keyboard owner.1. Video on the Kindle Fire. I’m really worried about the small screen size not being satisfactory for watching videos. Seems like the iPad is a better size for that. If you own the Kindle Fire, what’s your…
Let me preface this by saying I do not own a Fire, but I have researched them and few co-workers have fires.1. Haven’t seen video yet. But the size seems to be ok. The Fire’s screen is 7 inches vs the iPad’s 9.7inch screen. that’s not a big difference. Having used an ipad here at work and looking at the Fire, I don’t see much difference.2. Haven’t watched a netflix movie on the Fire, but I have watched it on my Droid X. The video quality is excellent. I did not see any buffering issues, but I was on 3g…the Fire doesn’t have 3G so you’re bound to the connection quality of whatever wifi hotspot you’re connected to.3. No problem viewing webpages. Again, there isn’t that much of a difference.4. itunes is one of the worst pieces of crapp I’ve ever encounterd. Buggy, laggy, and plain Sh1te. Amazon’s cloud service is ok, I’ve haven’t used it much, but it’s well integrated to tne Android OS. The music is stored in Amazon’s Cloud service, not on the device…so I can listen to the music on my Droid X, Fire (If I have one), my PC, or mac, or whatever computer I use to log into Amazon.com. That is infinitely more elegant that fraking iTunes’ stupid authorization/Deauthorization crap.5. Yes. Yes. YES!6. yes. From Amazon’s site: Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers. http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon…I have three issues which prevent me from buying a Fire…and these aren’t a Fire vs iPad…because I don’t like the iPad. First is the lack of 3g. I like that my Kindle keyboard is 3g…meaning I can buy books where ever there is cell phone service and I can surf as well. Second is it’s weight. By itself, the fire weighs a bit more than my Kindle Keyboard with leather cover /w Light! Third and last, the screen. since I have a Droid X and a Laptop, I don’t need the features of the Fire, or iPad for that matter. The Laptop is to cumbersome to read books on and take anywhere and the Droid X’s screen while big, is not really comfortable to read books on especially the glare…which the Fire will have. I like my Kindle keyboard’s e’Ink technology.If I had to choose between the Kindle Keyboard and Fire, keyboard all the way. But if I absolutely have to choose between a Fire and iPad, the Fire and Amazon will get my money.